GLR Campaign Recognized by Clinton Global Initiative America
Watch GLR Managing Director Ralph Smith’s announcement at the CGI America gathering below:
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) has been recognized by Clinton Global Initiative America for the next phase of its decade-long effort to increase reading proficiency among children from low-income families.
Known as More Hopeful Futures, this phase will launch in 2017 but over the next three years, the Campaign and key partners will be “road testing” the initiative by reaching at least 50,000 children with an enhanced package of screenings and supports designed to accelerate efforts to improve school readiness, school attendance and summer learning.
The “road test” work is being supported by Funding Partners in six states (Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa and New York) that have pledged to invest $34.6 million over the next three years. It’s also being supported by two dozen organizations with exemplary programs that have agreed to align, link and, where practicable, bundle their work to achieve greater impact. The effort will build on the early progress and ongoing work of the more than 160 communities that are part of CGLR.
More Hopeful Futures flows from the recognition of a troubling reality: too many children from low-income families are falling outside the reach of schools. These are the children who start school so far behind their peers that the odds are that they will never catch up.
So to help such children, the Campaign has made a strategic decision to strengthen its work with an explicit focus on parent and family success, the health determinants of early school success, finding technology solutions and reaching children living in public housing.
It is envisioned that by the time More Hopeful Futures launches in 2017, at least 100 communities in no fewer than 15 states will be part of the initiative.
Please give a read to the following materials to learn more about this exciting development in the work of the Campaign: